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Just purchased a second hand Alto and I want to know what the different numbers
mean with regards to Mouthpieces i.e. 4, 5, 6 etc. I need to get a new mouthpiece
as the one I have dosesn't seem to fit properly, and the ligature is a bit twisted.
I am a total beginner so would appreciate any help.
 

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4, 5 and 6 refer to the tip opening, ie the distance between the tip of the reed and the tip of the mouthpiece. Where you blow air into.

Beginners usually should start on a smaller tip as it can be easier. A Yamaha 4C is a good starter mouthpiece for alto.

If it doesn't fit, then you may need to take some sandpaper to the cork on the end of the neck, or take the saxophone to a technician to do this.

Good luck.
 

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That's if it's too tight. If it's too loose stick a strip of paper over the cork. That'll do until you can get it to a reapier to fit a new cork.
 

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Thanks for your advice. I have ordered a Yamaha 4c mouthpiece and a new ligature, and will see how I get on.
 
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